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Grateful Dead Live at Kezar Stadium on 1973-05-26

Set 1

The Promised Land
Jack Straw
Tennessee Jed
The Race Is On
Mexicali Blues
Row Jimmy
Looks Like Rain
They Love Each Other
Playing In The Band

Set 2

Here Comes Sunshine
El Paso
Beat It On Down The Line
You Ain't Woman Enough
Box Of Rain
China Cat Sunflower ->
Jam I Know You Rider
Big River
Around And Around

Set 3

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Me And My Uncle
He's Gone ->
Truckin' ->
The Other One Jam ->
Phil And Billy ->
Bass Solo ->
Phil And Billy ->
The Other One ->
Eyes Of The World ->
China Doll
Sugar Magnolia


Casey Jones

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Kezar Stadium
Location San Francisco, CA

Source SBD -> Master Reel -> PCM -> Dat D
Lineage Dat -> CD -> Samplitude Professional v9.02 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


Patch Info:
Sony Stereo Mic -> Cassette Master (Sony TC-124) supplies:
Row Jimmy (3:31 - 4:51)
China Cat Sunflower (3:15 - 3:45)
The Other One (9:31 - 9:53)
-- All disc changes are seamless
-- Patch source recorded by Gene Taback and supplied by David Minches
-- Patch source pitch corrected - it's better, but not perfect
-- Numerous background noises removed in SBD, but some still remain


Reviewer: njpg - - November 14, 2014
Subject: -
Lacking a little lustre for a May '73.
Reviewer: kochman - - December 13, 2013
Subject: 4+ Hours of Awesome
Set 1
The Promised Land starts of with minor tech difficulties. Bob sounds cheesy, and is too up front.
Deal finales with strong Keith and Jerry belting out the lyrics passionately.
Jack Straw is well done, nothing remarkable here.
Tennessee Jed features a super weird jam before the final verse. Not packed with energy, other than that little crescendo.
The Race Is On
Sugaree finishes strongly after a slow, slinking approach.
Mexicali Blues is a much needed injection of energy! Garcia has a different, sassy tone that I enjoyed.
Row Jimmy keeps a nice tempo and deliberance to it.
Looks Like Rain is decent enough, for a song I don't like. It's almost studio like for most of it, though Jerry does take a few chances.
They Love Each Other is fucking great! Jerry is all over solo early, and the tempo is perfect. I wish they had kept it to this tempo in later years. A+ version. Just in time for PITB they really got their act together.
Playing In The Band starts a bit sloppy, but I don't care. Jerry assumes the 1972 tone. The playing is more reminiscent of what we got in the "Grateful Dead Movie". Quite exploratory, while lacking umph. Things pick up before the 12 minute mark, and strangeness ensues, for less than a minute, then back into a spacier place. It settles into a nice little jam, structured, almost somewhere near an MLB, but clearly not MLB. Jerry actually hits PITB themed notes in succession. Keith plays a nice subtle part in the background with an almost euphoric tone.A nice PITB, but not one of the best, it couldn't seem to find its groove. I bailed before Donna ruined it for me.

Set 2
Here Comes Sunshine comes out with a nice tempo and is quite groovy, which may be more of the theme of the show than full. This definitely has more energy than most of the PITB, and seems more cohesive. Sometimes you just need a little intermission I guess.
El Paso, Keith was motivated, a bit overpowering at times (drowning out Garcia). Nice energy though.
Loser is great, with deliberate Jerry. No massive rush to power at the end, but nice Garcia guitar punctuation during the second to final verse.
Beat It On Down The Line ensures energy sustains before...
You Ain't Woman Enough makes me hate Donna even more than ever, which I didn't think was possible.
Box Of Rain was well played, nothing remarkable.
China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider starts off with a nice tempo and a very crisp Bobby riff. Jerry is all over the solos here. When we get to the transition we also get a poor patch. Can't blame the tapers, it was over 4 hours of show! The patch is short and we get a focused jam that builds its way toward the promise of the Train, but slows down instead. The finale jam starts with Bob and Jerry getting fully psychedelic and pushes quickly into X factor territory... out of nowhere into that! It's short, and they end with the final chorus and the unceremonious outro jam.
Big River brings the goods, as usual. Again we achieve X.
Bertha feautures solid Jerry.
Around And Around is exactly what you expect from this era, a powerhouse closing song. Again, Keith might be a litttle overwhelming at times.

Set 3
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo hits the nail on the opening head of this show.
Me And My Uncle is a further injection of adrenaline before we get to the meat sequence, nice stuff here.
He's Gone> Truckin'> The Other One Jam> Phil And Billy> Bass Solo>Phil And Billy> The Other One> Eyes Of The World> China Doll
Gone is great, nice tempo that keeps things moving along, and then Truckin along!
Energy is just where you want it to be, and with the knowledge this will be heading into TOO, you know it's going to maintain that edge. Garcia provides tons of power and noodles as they continue along. Phil does drop his bombs for us, and it's a great ride to a coming smoking crater. There would be a stop on the ride first, Phil & Billy mostly, with a small Phil only portion. It goes right back into awesome after the solo/duo. Another unfortunate cut, but it's not that bad, just hollow sounding. Around thirteen minutes in it gets really exploratory yet energetic and spring and after the fourteenth minute Jerry flirts with the Tiger. The tiger creeps outside in the bushes, while Keith again hits his euphoric tone, would the listener fall unprepared to the lurking Tiger? The tiger never strikes, and as the music dies into silence...
Eyes strums into the vacant space. Another great Eyes here, no secret about that. The second verse jam features more of that magical two guitar action we tasted momentarily in the end of Rider earlier in the show. This means yet more X Factor.
China Doll rounds out the meat with class.
Sugar Magnolia takes that class and slam dunks it into the trash. Fully blown out, rocking rolling version.

Casey Jones - YES! No One More Saturday Night!

Overall impressions...
The first set, while it has some great stuff, lacks consistency. The TLEO is the highlight.
The second and third sets are fully enjoyable and engaging. Eyes is a highlight, as are all the "rockers". Truckin is another hilite.
Reviewer: ms42466 - - March 26, 2013
Subject: 5 star maple syrup!!!!!
2sweet! huge TLEOther!!! eyes 5star.
china doll, not a "huge" fan, is offthe Charts.
unbevilable we can listen to such clarity.
PNE of 6/22/ 1973 is also amazing
Reviewer: cvenez - - October 18, 2012
Subject: Not Overrated!
While I think several highly hyped shows (Cornell and Veneta, OR for examples) are not as great as many folks rave, this one does not fall into that category. Overall I prefer the Fall '73 tour to the summer shows, this performance can easily stand up to anything from Oct-Dec. Every song is teriffic, with outstanding versions of Playin', China/Rider, and everything in the 3rd set. Even "small" songs like Around & Around and Big River pack a punch that is often lacking, especially during the post hiatus years. All three sets are worth a listen as there is not a dull momment to be found. And as always, the Miller remaster is dy-no-mite!
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - - July 9, 2011
Subject: A standout in a standout year
One of the greats of an amazing year for the Dead. This may be among their greatest performances. After three sets my head was left spinning. Another one of those shows where it's almost pointless to pick out tunes but for me that uniquely short and beautiful playing and an absolutely gorgeous Eyes are must hears.
Reviewer: watusi - - November 8, 2010
Subject: Getting there ...
I saw several shows in the spring and summer of 1973, the most poignant of which was in Buffalo at the end of March, shortly after Pigpen had died - they did a version of He's Gone that seemed to take on a whole new meaning. And the Casey Jones encore, complete with puffing smoke stack - well...
Anyway, I checked out this Kezar show because of the rave reviews (see below) and, although I can agree with most of the comments, do NOT agree that it was a 5-star performance. The lead guitar in Tennessee Jed ....
Anyway, for a truly standout show, including great bass, great guitars, great piano, great drums - even Donna was outstanding that night - check out the PNE show 1973-06-22 - probably my alltime favourite (ok, so I was chest-up to the stage right in front of Phil at the start, then got dosed with a coupla gals and ended up underneath the stage after the 2nd set until we had to crawl back out because Phil's extended bass solo was too chest-pounding .... ah, those were the days where you could get up close and personal ... anyway, check out that PNE show, which makes this Kezar one pale in comparison .... in my humble opinion ;~o
Reviewer: Krusty the Baker - - May 7, 2010
Subject: Bass!!
This is a cracking set. Others here refer to the techie stuff; great recording, well spread stereo guitars etc. Musically, some key standouts are, yes indeed Bobby's guitar work, Keith definitely having a good day - not high enough in the mix for me - DonnaJean in tune not wailing and Phil. This recording is all about Phil. It's incredible, a blanket of ultrabass wizardry. Some tunes to love here? A 'Sugaree' that is so delicate and fragile it is incredibly different to the sloppy blues that the song became, the funkiest, most playful 'They Love Each Other' and a 'Playin'' that for once is far too short. A really great jam. I'm listening to this after a notably shit week and it's putting a smile back on my face. I hope it makes other people smile too.
Reviewer: magicastles - - April 26, 2010
Subject: bass clips
yeah that buzz is the bass clipping every once in a while but I like hot & steamy like that. The panning IS really awesome and I am reminded, as I listen to this on headphones, that Bob Weir is a phenomenal guitar player. Yes, I said Weir.
Reviewer: JRimLik - - April 17, 2010
Subject: Exquisite
I have had at least 5 copies of this since '89, which was well after I quit touring. This sounds great, as always C. Miller's mastering work ios fanbtastic. I saw 92 shows from '82-'93, 90% of them '84-'86. Trust me, ALL of us mid-'80's tour heads love teh work CM does.

This is one of the best shows from one of the best years. great versions of all the classic '73 material. 3 sets in the hot sun at Kezar. The Playin jam about midway through gst interstellar. I agree totally with the reviewr below who commented on the stereo separation. Truckin>Other One Eyes is extraordinary, adding the Eyes really spices up Truckin>Other one whch was common for that time. Stream this one immediately.
Reviewer: gratedude69 - - March 19, 2010
Subject: wow
what a stacked show, gonna need to set aside part of the day for this one
Reviewer: xvgi - - January 29, 2010
Subject: Annoying buzzing
One or two people have commented on the constant buzzing throughout this show but most people seem not to notice it. I certainly hear it and it's very annoying - it occurs throughout Playin In The Band for example. A relatively minor example of it is at Loser 2.41.

I guess most people are listening to it via loudspeakers where the noise isn't so noticeable. I was listening to it on mp3 travelling on the train this morning and it drove me nuts. I guess it's ok for loudspeaker listening but avoid on headphones unless you've got a fairly high tolerance level for this kind of thing.
Reviewer: snashforce - - December 24, 2009
Subject: Stereo pan for guitars is key
This has always been one of my favorites. The reel to reel recording had the guitars panned so that Jerry's guitar is far right, while Bob's is panned far left. I think this stereo seperation helps create the clear and non-cluttered soundscape. I don't know if this was common for the recordings of the period, but I love how it sounds. Turn up your stereo and you'll be immersed! Highest ratings for both music and audio quality.
Reviewer: rollandfin - - November 4, 2009
Subject: Fantastic
Excellent sound work, this is THE copy to get, it's probably the top show of 1973 too, and now it's complete.

email me at happy to share with some good listeners.
Reviewer: fillmore - - September 12, 2009
Subject: 4 hours 8minutes 8 seconds of fine Grateful Dead music!!!
Fantastic sound Playin in the band!!! Bertha towards the end of set 2? China Cat >Rider (wow) All of set 3 is great, especially Phil solo>Other One>Eyes>China Doll. Don't get much better than this! MUST HAVE THIS ONE!!! Put on your headphones and enjoy!!!
Reviewer: JustAFloatingSage - - August 16, 2009
Subject: NiceSHow
Humdinger of a finger clinger here ...
Reviewer: )€-\) H€-\) - - July 26, 2009
Subject: Beautiful
Yes, Charlie Miller is a good man. Thanks for sharing my favorite drug, killer soundboard Grateful Dead. Crisp, clear and tight. The way I like most things in life. I am a guitarist and it is not easy to play 3 sets as well and with as much energy as these men did in June of 1973. God I wish we could all travel through time, until then this is the next best thing. THANKS!! and peace to all my brothers and sisters, in the DEAD'S name we pray, AMEN.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - - May 26, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live" May 26, 1973 at Kezar Stadium, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California U.S.A.


"This day in GRATEFUL DEAD History"

~Super 73' Soundboard~

Thirty six years ago today, the GRATEFUL DEAD were performing at Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park. I couldn't be there, but I showed up today...where were you?

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5 Stars for the mix
5 Stars for the recording
5 Stars for the performance
5 Stars for Charlie Miller's hardwork, and taste in GRATEFUL DEAD shows.

It's a Charlie Miller transfer. Mr. Miller has impeccable taste in GRATEFUL DEAD shows and sound quality. I highly recommend you click on Charlie Miller's name and collect all his GRATEFUL DEAD shows.

32 songs performed by the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thank you Mr. Miller for all your hard work and efforts, we all love you for it.

Charlie Miller is keeping the music and the magic of the GRATEFUL DEAD alive for everyone to enjoy.
God bless Charlie Miller.

Eat, Drink, be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1973.
Reviewer: sugareesalibi - - April 30, 2009
Subject: beyond stoked!
This is one dream set list. It helps that the list is played with energy and creativity. Everyone is ON for this show and they come through in mix with a clarity not heard in most recordings.

I'll be listening to this one on repeat for a while.
Reviewer: Erastus Corning II - - April 29, 2009
Subject: epic!!
have had tapes of this show for a long time--champions of my collection--got me through a cross-country drive or two, some late night study sessions, and a few other types of late night sessions too! never had the third set though. thanks for putting this up!
Reviewer: tomatoman66 - - March 19, 2009
Subject: Yes
I'm all about the energetic performances, and this show is great. Especially 'they love each other', for me, is smoking. A complete no brainer to add to any grateful dead collection.
Reviewer: Since 77 - - March 17, 2009
Subject: Phenomenal Quality
I rated another version of this show, and there I said it was one of my top 10 all-time personal favorites. How could one improve on a show like this? Well, leave it to Mr. Miller to do his magic and make a great show even greater by tweaking the sound. Jerry is so front and center that he might as well be in your living room playing. Thank you, Charlie!
Reviewer: smallz - - December 19, 2008
Subject: clean, crisp sound quality
This recording should be lauded for it's exquisitely clean sound. It's hard to believe a show recorded over 35 years ago sounds so incredibly good. Thank you!

Oh, and the music therein is exquisitely beautiful as well!
Reviewer: mmw12207 - - November 19, 2008
Subject: smile, smile, smile
this show is fantastic! top grade performance almost flawless sound. the balance is perfect. everyone is crystal clear and the levels are spot on. you have to listen to this show....and listen to it loud! I keep listening to it over and over and picking a new individual to focus on each time because each band member can be heard so clearly.

Reviewer: eltornado - - July 2, 2008
Subject: best show ever
This is my favorite dead show. I used to have a nice tape copy of it until it got ate at the beach. how can you download it . All apprec.
Reviewer: high flow - - May 26, 2008
Subject: Anniversary - Time Machine Show.....
This would be it.

Set the Wayback Machine for 5/26/73, Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, CA.

Mr Peabody and I are off....Pack a's a marathon.

Thanks again to Mr Miller for taking the time to improve the recording. Every ounce of effort, no matter how minor, is greatly appreciated.

A high flow all-timer!
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